The Comfies - Close To Me
Close to Me is the debut EP from The Comfies, who are not as annoying as their name would suggest. Their music is a highly accessible, vaguely retro sort of rock that’s not as marketable as Franz Ferdinand, not as beachy or cute as Nada Surf, and not as pretentious as Interpol. The band finds a happy medium, pleasantly drawing on new wave, funk, and sixties pop tendencies without annoying the piss out of anyone who doesn’t necessarily think Conor Oberst is a genius. The songs are not necessarily anything you’ve never heard before, but they are definitely enjoyable and listenable. The first track, for which the CD is named, is an appropriately seventies themed rocker that nicely grabs the listener’s attention. You are subsequently exposed to a nicely varied but unified selection of rock n’ roll stylings from between forty and twenty years ago. The second track, That’s What She Gets, is a nice dancy-but dark tune that rocks hard on the surface but serves up an interesting, melodic arrangement upon closer inspection. The next track, Medicine, is also good, though blatantly more for sale to big record producers than the rest of the album. The record continues much in the same way, ending with a good but unremarkable song called Dear Miss Anderson. Overall, the impression I get from these guys is a promising future. This CD is good, even if it’s nothing you haven’t heard before, and once the band settles into how they want to sound, they should become a force to be reckoned with.
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